Going to the bathroom is boring. But there's a lot more than just that going on for autistics that make us avoid going until we absolutely have to.
I have shared before how I use screenshots of Lady Bug's preferred show at the time to encourage engagement and learning away from the screen. I have two Super Why examples that I'd like to share. There is a Super Why episode, season 3 episode 2, that is wonderful for early literacy. The episode is... Continue Reading →
I've written about how to tell your child that they're autistic. But how do you tell a friend you suspect their child may be on the spectrum? Three years ago, I knew almost nothing about autism. The things that I did know was nothing like what I saw in my kids. They were just quirky,... Continue Reading →
The Just World Hypothesis is the idea that good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people. What does this have to do with autism?
Since being simultaneously outraged and heartbroken at the advertisement for the autistic girl, I have learned some horrible truths. Apparently attaching grant money to children in order to pay for them to be re-adopted is common place, especially for special needs children that are even less wanted than regular children. And there are so many... Continue Reading →
There is an autistic child for sale on the internet. Okay, that's not entirely accurate, but that's how it feels.
Communication that doesn't look like what you're used to or immediately understand is still worthwhile communication
I thought I'd share some of the ways that I know my daughter loves me, even when she doesn't use words to tell me, so that maybe others could see that their child is saying it to them, too.
The autistic community (talking about #actuallyautistic people) are pretty sick of functioning labels. The labels are divisive and dismissive. Would YOU want to be called "low functioning" ? No? Then how dare we call others that. Not to mention, an autistic's ability to do something can vary from day to day and circumstance to circumstance.... Continue Reading →
"My family is insisting my autistic child should have a birthday party, but my child gets sensory overload from parties and hates the change in routine. What should I do?"
His attitude was not about my parenting, nor about my kid's behavior. It's about that stranger's mindset.
Google the phrase "lining things up" and you get scary results with words like "red flag" and "inappropriate play." Why is this so threatening?